By Pam Martens: November 1, 2016
The Chief Medical Examiner’s Office for Washington, D.C. has released the findings on the cause of death of Shawn Lucas, the 38-year old process server who served the complaint against the Democratic National Committee and Debbie Wasserman Schultz on behalf of Senator Bernie Sanders’ supporters on July 1 of this year. One month later, his girlfriend arrived home to find Lucas lying dead on the bathroom floor of their apartment.
According to an email received today from the Communications Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the cause of death was: “Combined adverse effects of fentanyl, cyclobenzaprine, and mitragynine.” The manner of death was listed as an “Accident.”
Family members could not be reached to determine if Lucas had any history of taking drugs.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse calls Fentanyl “a powerful synthetic opioid analgesic that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent. It is a schedule II prescription drug, and it is typically used to treat patients with severe pain or to manage pain after surgery.”
According to the Mayo Clinic, Cyclobenzaprine “is used to help relax certain muscles in your body. It helps relieve the pain, stiffness, and discomfort caused by strains, sprains, or injuries to your muscles…Cyclobenzaprine acts on the central nervous system (CNS) to produce its muscle relaxant effects.”
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said in August that Mitragynine, an opioid, was being placed on Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act “to avoid an imminent hazard to the public safety.”
The lawsuit filed on behalf of Sanders’ supporters leveled the following serious charges against the DNC in depriving Senator Sanders of a level playing field during his primary challenge of Hillary Clinton: “fraud, negligent misrepresentation, deceptive conduct, unjust enrichment, breach of fiduciary duty, and negligence.”
The suit seeks class action status and was filed in the Federal District Court in the Southern District of Florida. (Wilding et al v DNC Services Corporation and Deborah ‘Debbie’ Wasserman Schultz; Case Number 16-cv-61511-WJZ).
See our detailed coverage of the lawsuit in the related articles below.